Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Lens-Free Fluorescent Microscope
Lens-Free Fluorescent Microscope

Rice engineers have developed a wide-field microscope thinner than a credit card, small enough to sit on a fingertip and capable of micrometer resolution over a volume of several cubic millimeters.

Lens-Free Fluorescent Microscope
Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Bringing Multispectral Imaging to Industrial Applications
Bringing Multispectral Imaging to Industrial Applications

A mere 20 years ago, machine vision system designers did all they could to avoid color imaging applications due to higher costs and greater system and software complexity. But as...

Bringing Multispectral Imaging to Industrial Applications
Briefs : Lighting
See Objects Hidden Around Corners
See Objects Hidden Around Corners

A driverless car is making its way through a winding neighborhood street, about to make a sharp turn onto a road where a child’s ball has just rolled. Although no person in the car can see that ball, the...

See Objects Hidden Around Corners
Products : Test & Measurement
Product of the Month: July 2018
Product of the Month: July 2018

Altair, Troy, MI, released the 2018 versions of electromagnetic (EM) simulation software FEKO®, WinProp®, Flux®, and FluxMotor®. These electromagnetic solver...

Product of the Month: July 2018
Blog : Green Design & Manufacturing
A ‘Green’ Concrete Calls for Less Cement, More Ash
A ‘Green’ Concrete Calls for Less Cement, More Ash
Researchers from Rice University are finding ways to use greater amounts of fly ash in an effort to build a “greener” kind of concrete.
A ‘Green’ Concrete Calls for Less Cement, More Ash
Blog : Software
Answering Your Questions: What is Virtual Prototyping (for Optics)?
Answering Your Questions: What is Virtual Prototyping (for Optics)?
Just because it's computer simulation doesn't mean it's virtual prototyping. Our expert explains.
Answering Your Questions: What is Virtual Prototyping (for Optics)?
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Aerial Robot Morphs in Flight
Aerial Robot Morphs in Flight

An aerial robot capable of altering its profile during flight paves the way for a new generation of large robots that can move through narrow passages, making them ideal for exploration as well as search and...

Aerial Robot Morphs in Flight
Blog : Communications
To Communicate, Researchers Test the Power of Touch
To Communicate, Researchers Test the Power of Touch

Could touch be the new avenue for communications? Researchers from MIT and Purdue University think so and are working on a “general-purpose” tactile system that delivers information...

To Communicate, Researchers Test the Power of Touch
Question of the Week : RF & Microwave Electronics
Do You See Applications for Seeing Through Walls?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video demonstrated an artificial-intelligence system developed by MIT researchers. The "RF-Pose" teaches wireless devices to sense people's movement, even from the other side of a wall. See the system in action.

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Paving the Way for Safer, Smaller Batteries and Fuel Cells
Paving the Way for Safer, Smaller Batteries and Fuel Cells
Researchers are developing a solid electrolyte that will make safer, better batteries.
Paving the Way for Safer, Smaller Batteries and Fuel Cells
INSIDER : Transportation
Future Electric Cars Could Recharge Wirelessly While You Drive
Future Electric Cars Could Recharge Wirelessly While You Drive
Electric vehicles may one day be able to recharge while driving down the highway, drawing wireless power directly from plates installed in the road.
Future Electric Cars Could Recharge Wirelessly While You Drive
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
Instead of having a battery’s anode and cathode on either side of a nonconducting separator, a new battery would intertwine the two.
Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
INSIDER : Communications
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body
Researchers have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within the human body.
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body
Blog : Photonics/Optics
Following Up: What is the Future of Flexible Solar Cells?
Following Up: What is the Future of Flexible Solar Cells?
Researcher Jaana Vapaavuori answered an additional question regarding the future of flexible solar cells.
Following Up: What is the Future of Flexible Solar Cells?
INSIDER : Software
Machine Learning Software Improves Robot Interaction
Machine Learning Software Improves Robot Interaction

MIT PhD candidate and Amazon Robotics Challenge winner Maria Bauza is helping to improve how robots interact with the world. Bauza has been exploring the notion of uncertainty when robots...

Machine Learning Software Improves Robot Interaction
INSIDER : Software
Surveillance Cameras “Talk” to the Public Through Smartphones
Surveillance Cameras “Talk” to the Public Through Smartphones

A Purdue University Ph.D. student co-developed PHADE, a technology that allows public cameras to send personalized messages to people without compromising their privacy. The...

Surveillance Cameras “Talk” to the Public Through Smartphones
Blog : Materials
With a Conductive Thin Film, Researchers Test a Silver Screen
With a Conductive Thin Film, Researchers Test a Silver Screen
PhD student Jes Linnet hopes that a silver-based, transparent conductive electrode film offers a longer-lasting alternative for flexible screens and electronics.
With a Conductive Thin Film, Researchers Test a Silver Screen
Blog : Software
Answering Your Questions: Can CFD Software Simulate 'Wear and Tear' on an Engine?
Answering Your Questions: Can CFD Software Simulate 'Wear and Tear' on an Engine?
Simulation tools offer insight into the physical processes of heavy-duty engines. But what about natural wear and tear?
Answering Your Questions: Can CFD Software Simulate 'Wear and Tear' on an Engine?
Question of the Week : Energy
Will Flexible Solar Cells Catch On?

Though a flexible solar cell offers exciting, new ways of powering vehicles, clothing, and other smart technologies, manufacturing the photovoltaic component is a challenge.

Blog : Energy
Will Flexible Solar Cells Soon Power Our Devices?
Will Flexible Solar Cells Soon Power Our Devices?
Professor Jaana Vapaavuori spoke with Tech Briefs about the manufacturing methods that could someday decrease the cost and increase the lifetime of flexible solar cells.
Will Flexible Solar Cells Soon Power Our Devices?
White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Application Note: Extreme Customization, Well-maintained Tooling, and Accuracy

Take a look behind the scenes at how Nippon Pulse America Inc. re-designed one of its standard linear stepper motors to replace a competitor motor that was no longer meeting customer resolution or accuracy requirements. This application note showcases major...

Blog : Medical
Studying the Secrets Behind Spider Glue
Studying the Secrets Behind Spider Glue
How does a spider's glue maintain its stickiness, even in high humidity? Researchers in Akron investigated the question.
Studying the Secrets Behind Spider Glue
Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
What’s the Hold-Up with Digital Product Development?

Digital technologies are bringing big data, automation, and mobile capabilities to processes like IT, HR, sales, and marketing, but what is the hold-up with product development? Has your product development process been modernized and “digitized?”

Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
FLAM! Researchers Test Cellulose as Sustainable 3D-Printing Material
FLAM! Researchers Test Cellulose as Sustainable 3D-Printing Material

Researchers from Singapore University of Technology and Design have demonstrated 3D printing with one of the Earth’s most abundant organic compounds: cellulose.

FLAM! Researchers Test Cellulose as Sustainable 3D-Printing Material
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
New One-Dimensional Material Has Applications in Nanometer-Scale Transistors and Circuits
New One-Dimensional Material Has Applications in Nanometer-Scale Transistors and Circuits
Quasi-1D materials will play an important role in device miniaturization.
New One-Dimensional Material Has Applications in Nanometer-Scale Transistors and Circuits
INSIDER : Test & Measurement
How to Make Your Factory Wireless — A NIST Guide
How to Make Your Factory Wireless — A NIST Guide

The just-published NIST Guide to Wireless Systems Deployments in industrial environments was developed by a group of experts on wireless communications from government, industry, and...

How to Make Your Factory Wireless — A NIST Guide
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
A 'Missing' Component Could Revolutionize Electronics
A 'Missing' Component Could Revolutionize Electronics
A radically new electronic building block is being proposed.
A 'Missing' Component Could Revolutionize Electronics
Blog : Transportation
Answering Your Questions: Who Will Integrate 3D Metal Printing — Tiers or OEMs?
Answering Your Questions: Who Will Integrate 3D Metal Printing — Tiers or OEMs?
A reader asks: Will it be the OEMs or the Tier-1 and Tier-2 suppliers who will be purchasing 3D metal printing machines?
Answering Your Questions: Who Will Integrate 3D Metal Printing — Tiers or OEMs?
Podcasts : Medical
Here's an Idea: How 'Simple' Sponges Are Solving Complex Problems
Here's an Idea: How 'Simple' Sponges Are Solving Complex Problems

After a disaster like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf coast, what if a giant sponge could clean up the area and the wildlife around it?

Here's an Idea: How 'Simple' Sponges Are Solving Complex Problems
Blog : Electronics & Computers
How to Harness Humidity: Hydrogel Keeps Rooms Cool, Powers Small Devices
How to Harness Humidity: Hydrogel Keeps Rooms Cool, Powers Small Devices

There is plenty of moisture in the air — Professor Swee Ching Tan wants to harvest the humidity and put it to good use.

How to Harness Humidity: Hydrogel Keeps Rooms Cool, Powers Small Devices
Question of the Week
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’